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this is cnn breaking news. >> our breaking news at this hour, new hurricane warnings issued for south florida, as millions flee and miami braces for a direct hit. let's go right to karen maginnis in the cnn weather center. the national hurricane service has issued a warning for southern florida. where is it at? where is it heading? >> it's a category 5 hurricane. and for a lot of folks considering riding this out, it's not a good idea.
you've seen it here what is happening over and over again, what is happening with the fuel. you're going to get food-wise and any kind of fsupplies. but right now, it is splitting the difference between cuba and the caicos islands. the winds associated with this, 165 miles per hour, with gusts up to 200 miles per hour. what is happening is an eyewall replacement cycle. we see that collapse a little bit. but that outer wall becomes more defined. so, that's why we may see it weaken just slightly before it gains that intensity back again. this is just one of the -- we could see it zigzag across the region. it's moving west-northwest. it's a mover. it's not like harvey that will spin around and linger and be stationary. this is a fast-moving system.
that's the big problem because that wall of water, that storm surgery, at least now for south florida, could be between five to ten photo. but prepare for the possibility that you could see something even more than that because across the bahamas, we're looking at 15 to 20 feet. you have to remember, there's a lot going on here. there's plenty of water. it's very warm. there's nothing that's going to sheer this hurricane. it is massive. it's going to take a lot to interrupt what's happening. as we see it make its way, march toward the west-northwest. and, perhaps, according to both of the computer models, move down the spine of florida. it is going to affect south florida. as it does, the computer models are saying different things. here's a spaghetti plot. they're in good agreement. it looks like later on in the time frame, one brings it furtherer towards the north and south florida. the other brings it down across
northern sections of cuba. there's a little difference there. maybe as much as 60 miles, 100 miles difference. that's about it. very warm water temperatures here in the mid to upper 80s. and it makes that turn towards the north. when that happens, whatever is in that right front quadrant, that's when you're going to see the most powerful winds, you're going to see the strongest surge. you're going to see the potential for tornadoes. not a times we mention that. but that's something that was associated with harvey, as well. an then, into south georgia. less so, the carolinas. but don't focus on the track. a lot going on here. the little changes that take place but overall, the movement is in one direction.
saturday 8:00 p.m. it is off the coast of florida. saturday p.m. this is a broad system. it encompasses over 300 miles. you can lay this over top of florida and have the entire state be impacted by irma. there, you can see by sunday, it moves inland, maybe over lake okeechobee at 100 miles per hour. as it interacts with land, it's going to lose some of its components. it's going to lose some of its energy. but not a lot. not so much that you're going to overcome the idea that food is going to be available. that electricity is going to be available, gas available. all those things. just remember, if you are not exiting florida or thinking about exiting florida, by tomorrow, it just may be too late. here is one of our models. this is the european model. here, we have key west. that's the bull's eye for the european model. taking it across the everglades
region to the center of florida. what happens with the north american model? here we go. there's key largo. it's a little further towards the east. either way, if you put them on top of each other, they are impacting south florida. and in a big way. perhaps as a category 4. perhaps as a category 5. and plumummeling areas that wil make it difficult for a lot of people to survive. there's a lot of issues here. we'll get another update from the national hurricane center coming up in about two hours. this is just a strong, stronged a advisory for folks to get out while they can. >> that's good advice. we'll check back with you. miguel marquez, live in miami. let's bring him in now. we've seen incredibly long lines. police escorts for refueling
tanks. we've seen you out speaking to people. what's the latest? where are you? >> it is midnight in miami. and things are getting a bit desperate here. we were at one gas station for many hours. they went through 10,000 gallons of gas. that ended about 20 minutes ago. we went to another gas station. we saw over a gas stations that were shut. this one just got another load of gasoline from a tanker truck just dropped it off. you see the line of car here. not very long at midnight. but here's what's happening now. people are coming from the south looking for gas. the second line that's starting on this side. creating a little tension at times among people here who are wanting to get gas. the governor here in florida, taking some extraordinary steps. having police escorts for tanker trucks to get them to gas stations like this. and for employees to continue to
work as long as they can. and once it's time to get out, they and their families can be escorted out by police. that's how significant and needed gas is in this part of the state. that latest storm track, basical basically, goes almost directly over where we are right now. people heeding those warnings. we're down to crunch time. are they going to stay here and tough it out? or are they going to get the hell out? don? >> absolutely. let's talk about miami. all right? the city. massive construction cranes over miami right now, miguel. what kind of risk does that pose during a major hurricane like this? >> there's a lot of construction across miami. and tons of very high buildings. you have about two dozen construction cranes. the giant krcranes. we've seen them fall in lesser
storms. we've seen massive anchors. they add more on for this. and they take the gear off of that hoist, that "t" up on top. and they allow it to swing freely. it's basically a giant weather vane. they think they will be fine. but this is untested. if you get 140-mile-per-hour, 150-mile-per-hour winds through here, all bets are off. whether it's hurricane-proof windows or walls or high-rise apartments or cranes, you know, look, many of these are construction sites that could come down on. but there are some right in neighborhoods, downdotown miami or populated areas. they could do destruction coming down. if it gets that bad, the damage from the hurricane itself will be worse. don? >> miguel marquez in miami. thank you. brian todd is in palm beach for
us. brian, hello to you. there's a large senior population there. how are folks preparing? >> reporter: a lot of anxiety, don. and a lot of worry how they're going to move some of these elderly people around. they're trying to communicate with as many caregivers as possible in palm beach county. there's a high concentration of retirees. elderly people with special needs. one official told me they're trying to get as many people into shelters here. they have about 15 shelters were people here in palm beach county. they're trying to get as many into shelters as possible. but if they come, they have to bring the caregivers with them because they don't have the personnel to care for them in the shelters. that's one challenge. another is communicating to all those people. very clearly, to try to get them from one place to another. they had to start this day ago. they had been doing it because it takes longer to move these
people. that's a big concern tonight. storm surgery erge is another o. five to ten feet of storm surge in palm beach county. they're starting evacuation in about ten hours. that's palm beach to my left here. it's a beach head area and barrier island. those people have to get out by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. where we're standing in west palm beach, a voluntary evacuation, probably mandatory in certaindon. they're telling people, you've got to heed the evacuation orders. if you stay, you know, you got to make sure you're in a fortified place. if you leave, a lot of people are saying you don't have to leave the county.
don't try to get so far away or out of state and run yourself to ground. just shelter. you can shelter in your own county. it's a fluid evacuation scenario. a real concern here for the elderly. >> brian, appreciate that. want to bring in david valez. he is a st. thomas resident that was caught in the devastation of irma. you went over to the resort on the island for safety. tell me what you went through. >> yeah. we decided to go over to the resort last minute because we thought it would be a better spot. you know, luckily for us, the room we were in was safe. but the rest of the resort was completely devastated, as well as the island. roofs were ripped off. cars were lit on fire. spoke to a number of guests that
had to relocate in the middle of the storm because they were in the room and see one roof come off. they go into the bathroom and they were huddling in the bathtub. it's pretty bad over here. >> did a lot of locals go to the resort for shelter? >> yeah. a number of locals came here because it's a sturdy concrete building. they thought it would be great. but the winds of this storm is unbelievable. >> yeah. have you or others at the resort been in touch with family or friends at the island? >> luckily for us, we're one of the few places that do have electricity in some parts. one of our generators stayed up of the three. i've had electricity and internet. i've been able to reach out to families. anyone i've gone out and seen out there, i've tacked them in facebook posts to let their fam l famlies know they're safe.
>> talk to me more. we're looking at the pictures here, david. can you describe the damage you're seeing? >> it looks like a bomb went off. i mean, everywhere. i did a little adventuring. and it's not -- there's no particular part of the island that got away. it's individual cases. if this family was safe, this house was safe. it's total devastation down here. trees ripped from their roots, that were, you know, thick, thick trees. power lines down, everywhere. windows, busted out. cars flipped. it's really bad. >> do you know if your house made it? >> i don't. i haven't made it up there yet. i'm going to try to go tomorrow. they're clearing roads. >> have you gone through hurricanes before? >> no. this was my first. man, this was not fun. >> what do you say to folks? >> just take it very, very, very
seriously. this wind is incredible. i mean, the things it can do. you know, i've seen car windows busted out just by the impact of wind. it's really, really dangerous. >> glad you're okay. david valez. >> thank you, guys. >> i want to talk to abigail blake. her husband is missing in greenville. have you heard anything? >> i have not. i haven't heard from my husband since about 8:00 yesterday morning. >> goodness. you spoke to him, 8:00 yesterday morning. so, tell us, give us the situation. he's in tortola. >> he lives and works there. i spend most of my time in the states. he was in a bathroom, concrete bathroom, lots of mattresses for protection. and he had his cell phone and some hurricane provisions.
water, food, that kind of thing. and we hung up and the storm hit an i haven't been able to reach him suns. there's no electricity. the cell towers are down. the phones are out. it's been impossible to reach people. facebook has been the only place to get information. we have a bvi group set up. and there's been desperate appeals of location of loved ones. and many of us are waiting to hear. >> you haven't heard anything -- none of your neighbors? >> not in that area. it's -- the area where he is is very remote. it's kind of down a dirt road, down a mountain. not a whole lot of neighbors. i know someone else heard from one of the neighbors. they were all right. it's one of those things that
one house is fine and the next one is destroyed. and i think my husband should be safe. he was in a bit of a bunker. so, just, you know -- i believe he's going to be fine. and i should hear from him soon. it's not unusual in these situations to not hear from people for a while. i've been in several hurricanes down in the virgin islands. it takes a while for to get services back up and running. the roads are impassable. they can't get from and can't get out. it's a bit of a waiting ti inin. >> i'm experiencing the same situation with someone in st. martin. she hasn't made a phone call. and there's no services. they have to swim yout of the neighborhood, it was so bad. what do you tell people in the area? maybe someone will see your husband. maybe someone will get word to him. what do you want to say?
>> basically, i would like to know he's all right. i've got on facebook -- thank god for facebook. i got all the feelers out. i hope to hear something soon. it's a particular worry because, you know, there's so many people in desperate straits in the virgin islands. houses with no roofs, no walls, no doors. people don't have shelter. and there's am hurricane coming for them saturday or sunday. i'm not sure that everybody is even aware that that's coming, given the lack of information. resources are extremely limited. and there's no infrastructure in place. i don't think the u.k. government grasps the scale of the disaster in the time they should have. i know that help is on the way. but it's not there yet. >> you say you've gone through hurricanes before. but not -- nothing like this
one. >> no. nothing on the scale of this. this was the british virgin islands as did barbuda, took a direct hit. the eye went straight over them. and this is the strongest one. you know, 185 miles per hour, category 5, when it hit virgin islands. >> when hurricanes hit, where do people on the islands usually -- typically go for safety? do they hunker down in their homes in concrete shelters with mattresses? is there a shelter? where do they go for safety? >> it depends. there's shelters set up. the government, the red cross, i believe runs the shelters. some people go to there. it depends on your house. the housing codes are very good and quite stringent. and the houses are very well built. that gives you an idea of the strength of this storm because
so many reenforced concrete houses were damaged or destroyed. so, usually you board up, put your shutters on and you're okay. you -- windows might blow out. roofs are often lost. but nothing on the scale of this. >> okay. abigail, thank you. i'm going to put anthony's picture back up for our viewers. anthony blake, he's on tortola, british virgin islands. she has high hopes, thinks he's okay. if you see him, if you're a neighbor, if you know him, any sign of him, get in touch. check out facebook, abigail's page on facebook or here. thank you so much. good luck. >> thank you. when we come back, more on our breaking news. new hurricane warnings in south florida, as miami braces for a direct hit this weekend.
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and caused catastrophic damage. joining me on the phone is ronald jackson. he's the executive director of disaster and emergency management agency. hello, sir. the reports out paint a picture of complete and total devastation. what have you been hearing from your people? >> it's the same thing. the same picture we're getting. seeing some images of flooding in the north of haiti. we're hoping to hear more details on that from -- from the protection office, that does the coordination there. they were able to make some early evacuations, prior to the impact, the image they're showing, extensive flooding of the communityies, turks and caicos, getting their battering from the hurricane.
and of course, the bahama chain of islands in the path. we managed to maintain some satellite communications with the offices in turks and kay go caicos. and we will get a sense of the impact after the passage of the storm. we are hearing a little more detail on what went on in the british virgin islands. and a picture that has been representing what we've seen in the wake of irma in the other territories. so, expecting building damage. utilities. private businesses. no power, pretty much, across the entire island. and the only positive is that the hospital in tortola is in
good stead and operational. they would need some support there. but the facility itself is up and should be able to function with, you know, power, backup power supply, et cetera. so, that's what we're getting. our teams arrived in antigua to provide some support. you're working with the u.k. guardship sharing the responsibility in the first few days between the british virgin islands and those two islands as well as support teams and a contingent of forces from among the -- with the early risk efforts. >> thank you very much, ronald. i appreciate it.
best of luck to you. i'm going back to connie waddle. we appreciate you joining us. we spoke to your neighbor earlier this evening. you were right in the thick of it, too. how did you survive? >> you know, it's almost like a movie, now, when it's all over. laura and her family, were downstairs. i chose to stay here. i'm above where they were at. i chose to stay here. i have a dear friend that was staying with me. an i think at the end of the day it was the best decision because if i had gone downstairs the -- i have a metal hurricane door that blew open when all of the devastation was flying through the air. and we were able to wrap a long
extension cord around the handle and pull the force because the force was so intense it was ready to suck you out. but we made it through. major disaster. and we really need help here. really sad. >> you said you made it through. you were amazed you made it through the night. >> yeah. when you wake up the next day and you see the devastation, you're only hearing, you know, of other parts of the island because we have no electricity. no internet. you know, phones are not being charged. we have to go to our vehicles to, you know, charge our phones. you know, we still have all power lines in our driveway, on
the road. you know, it's everybody for its own right now. basically. >> you survive ed irma. now, jose is on its way. what are you going to do? >> well, my -- i have a place i can go to, a good friend down the hill, he had to rebuild three times through last 30 years. so, he rebuilt a house. he's out in l.a. he has a generator, everything. his house was not hit. so, hopefully, this one, next one comes through. jose, it went be as bad. my neighbors are trying to fly out on saturday, to chicago. and we're not sure if they're going to be able to get out or not, due to this next storm
coming in. we're just hoping and praying, you know, that we're safe. we have two small babies here, hunkered down. that was the main thing that they're safe. >> well, connie -- >> we really need -- you know, we need some help. we've had no one here, no first responders, no one. people that live here are going up and down the roads and trying to help each other with machetes to -- you have to -- power lines are everywhere. and you have to be so careful. you know, with those. hopefully, if they can come and move the power lines, we can maybe get out and see how far the road will take us. >> but you can't go anywhere. you're stuck. and another storm bearing down on you. goodness. >> that's correct. we were able to get one shutter off on my neighbors and the landlord took one off so we can breathe.
during the storm, the pressure built up too much. you know, i don't -- i did not see tornados. i just saw debris flying everywhere. i heard we had several tornados, you know, during the storm. the pressure. you know, i'm very blessed that i had a friend with me because i really don't think i would be here today if -- with that hurricane door flying open. >> goodness. well, connie, we're glad you're safe. we hope you get the help you need. and hopefully by coming on and telling everyone you need help that you'll get some. and be safe. thank you so much. >> thanks, don. thank you so much. >> absolutely. >> i want to go to josephine gums conner. what can you tell us about the situation on anguila.
>> in given that the level of damage, i guess like so many of the other islands that you're hearing about is catastrophic. anguilla is about 13 square miles. we take pride in our construction. and every year, our people are sensiti sensitized, always in preparation, especially in the months of the hurricane season. we, i think, felt that we did all that we could do. i don't think there's any household in anguilla that did
not take this storm seriously. at the end of the day, the national hurricane center did indicate we were looking at 185-mile-per-hour winds sustained with gusting over to 225 miles per hour. the next morning when we got up, it really reflected exactly that. it was simply a harrowing experience on this occasion. and anguillians had been tested. we had louie in 1995. but this was the first one i think that intensity of the storm, it was the first time in our family in particular, really moved to a bathroom. and you know, felt the need to stay there. we are in a fully concrete house, including the roof.
and i can tell you, you could feel the shaking. you could hear the zinging and noises, out with the wind. particularly when it got up to the gusting aspect. you literally wondered where you would come out on the other side and come out alive. it was that kind of terrifying experience. and that's coming from people who are seasoned, who experience hurricanes, as so many of the caribbean island people have experienced. >> can you believe, josephine, there's people that the storm hasn't reached them yet and they say they're going to ride this thing out? >> you know, because we are island people, and we -- the concept of evacuating an island has not been born. i think that once this -- one
thing this hurricane irma has taught us, there has to be a serious re-evaluation of how agencies will have to address the serious storms in the future. i have been critical and i think arguably so, because, anguilla, in particular. we're an overseas territory. the british government is responsible and their agencies of the foreign and commonwealth office, and the development of aid, they are responsible for management -- disaster management. and there has to be serious attention to how they're going to evaluate their processes in the future. they have need to take a page out of the book of st. martin, where president mcgraw ensured he had positioned military
personnel. so, as soon as the storm had passed, you're able to respond effectively to the needs of the people. unfortunately that has not happened in anguilla. agencies are playing catch-up to a catastrophic situation. and i hope this is a testing period for what happens in the future. but there's an uneasiness, don, because as you know we are bracing ourselves for what might be a category 3 hurricane in the form of hurricane jose. you look at anguilla and you see the vast amount of debris, we're looking at projectiles in what will be the next storm. that is the frightening aspect. even if you have prepared yourself -- how does your property respond the, you know,
flaying galvanized -- and everything is loose. everything is loose. >> and everything is a weapon. an it can be dabngerous, especially with those winds. we hope they hear you and you get help, as well. we appreciate you joining us. please, stay safe. >> thank you for raising the profile on us. >> for ways you can help those affected by hurricane irma, go to cnn.com/impact. when we come back, more on our breaking news. new hurricane warnings issued for south florida. miami bracing for a direct hit of this monster hurricane. irma. listen up, heart disease. you too, unnecessary er visits. and hey, unmanaged depression, don't get too comfortable. we're talking to you, cost inefficiencies and data without insights. and fragmented care- stop getting in the way of patient recovery and pay attention. every single one of you is on our list. for those who won't rest
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breaking news. new hurricane warnings for south florida tonight, as miami braces for a direct hit from monster hurricane irma. joining me now is the director of emergency management for broward county. thank you so much for joining us. according to hurricane irma's latest path, the center of the storm could go right over your county. are you ready?
>> we're taking as many measures as we can, to make sure the public is safe. as you heard as of 11:00 p.m. of this evening, broward county and all south florida is in a hurricane warning, which is 36 hours out of the arrival of tropical storm-force winds. personnel like the red cross, and the department of health, florida paower & light, for powr outages. and we have a fema representative, on-site, in the event we need to reach out to the federal government for federal resources. we are still under a mandatory evacuation order for all of our low-lying areas.
basically, from u.s. 1 east in broward county. we want people to complete their preparations, no later than friday evening. so, right now, we've opened up 14 shelters for them to come to. and also, one pet-friendly shelter. although, it was just reported that our one pet-friendly shelter is now full. we may need to come up with additional innovative measures to deal with the pet issues. our homeless population for any people experiencing homelessness, we're directing them to seek shelter or to call our homeless help line. as far as our airport, broward, ft. lauderdale, hollywood airport, the last flight is expected to be at 7:45 this evening, friday.
>> you've already said it. some of the main airport in miami is saying, they're not giving a hard timeline. but you're saying 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. >> that's our estimated time for the flight. >> how are you on gas? there's long lines and people are running out. are you doing okay? >> it's been hit and miss. from what i understand, the demand isn't keeping up with the supply because the tanker trucks aren't getting to the gas str s stations to refill them up. at broward county, we store a lot of our fuel for south florida and most of florida. the fuel is there. the governor has also assisted. governor scott. we have escorts provided by state law enforcement and local law enforcement, that are providing escort to those tanker trucks.
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miami bracing tonight for a direct hit. i want to bring in the deputy director of the city building department. he joins us on the phone. maurice, i'm so glad you could join us this evening. as hurricane irma threatens to slam miami, there is a major hazard over the city skyline. i spoke to my recruiter about this. you have at least two dozen enormous construction cranes. how dangerous could this be? what are you doing? >> good evening. how are you doing? maurice pons. our concern is being the size and the strength of this storm, power cranes on an average designed for 145-mile-an-hour winds.
but the hurricane has winds in excess of 175 and gusts of over 200. that these power cranes have never been or in this type of a hurricane or scenario before. so our concern is the tower cranes adjacent to other high-rise towers, that the residents, one, most of the high-rise towers being built right now uare in evacuation zones. but for those residents who would want to stay in those buildings, theyshouldseek shelter in lower parts of the building. >> so many people say that to move the cranes. why is that not an option? >> the option -- the problem is when you have a buildings that are 400 or 600 feet high in the air, it takes about seven to nine days to bring down one of
these tower cranes. if a crew that specializes in setting up and lowering these power cranes is available. there is no time to be able to bring down one of these tower cranes. >> so what do they do? just spin around in the wind? >> they spin around and they're basically unpowered. and they go in circles just like a wind bine. but during hurricane wilma and katrina that we had here in south florida, they did very well. there was no power crane that collapsed. but the issue -- we made a statement about these because of the strength of hurricane irma. >> well, maurice pons, thank you very much. the deputy director of the city miami building department. we appreciate your time. good luck to you down there.
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here is our breaking news tonight. new hurricane warnings issued for south florida. millions flee, and miami braces for a direct hit. karen maginnis is in the cnn weather center. she's got the very latest updated path. and it shows irma expected directly to hit miami. break this down for us. >> yes, don. lots of new information coming in. we will receive another update. we have received it regarding the european model. we need to adjust it. we need to add it to our graphic system. but the information is in there so we'll have a clearer idea as to what happens. because we consider the european model kind of the gold standard. but we do compare wit the north american model. right now still a category 5.
still kind of splitting the difference between the turks and caicos and cuba. it is expected to -- that upper right quadrant is expected to affect the bahamas, crooked island, cat island, eleuthera, abaco. we're looking at those areas that could see devastating wind, devastating storm surge. some computer models are saying maybe 50 feet or more. but these coastal areas, don, we're looking at 5 to 10 feet. but we'll have another update from hurricane center coming up at 2:00 eastern. >> 2:00 eastern. okay. but did we know -- you say around saturday or so it's going to be -- we've got to go, karen. but around saturday so we expect it to get closer to shore and making some impact possibly? >> yes, don. and i know that we're under a time crunch. but saturday night, sunday morning is the critical time for landfall. people need to get out now. don't wait. >> karen maginnis, thank you
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hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm isha sesay in los angeles. >> and i'm isa soares in miami, where the entire state of florida is bracing for the impact of hurricane irma. south florida in fact where i'm now standing is just two days away from being devoured by one of the most ferocious storms ever spawned right here in the atlantic. and time unfortunately is rapidly running out for people to escape. now after devastating parts of the eastern caribbean, hurricane irma is marching west as a